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Would appreciate some advice from you guys!
Posted December 27th, 2012 - 10:16 am by from Levico Terme, Italy (Permalink)
Hi guys,

I am aware this is going to be the usual super boring need for advice, but I promise I have had a look at some previous posts and no one has written anything about this already, or at least, I did not find it.

We wanted to visit Iceland in February/May and we also heard this year is probably the best one to see the Northern Lights.

We'd be probably travelling for a week or so, and would love to make the most of it, couchsurfing, meeting locals, and seeing as much as we can in this beautiful Country.

We will most probably land in Reykjavik.

Now: do you think it is a good period to see the Northern Lights in those months? We still have to decide the dates, so any advice is welcome.

Is there a place we can decently see the Northern Lights not too far from Reykjavik?

We would also love to visit Iceland avoiding all those touristy tours, so, if you are from there and you feel like having a trip around, we'd be very happy to pay the cost of the oil to travel together.

If you are planning to travel in Iceland and would like to rent a car, we are absolutely up for it and we'd be happy to share the expenses.

I also haven't got a clue of what we could see apart from the Blue Lagoon, and whales..

Any suggestions on what is worth to be seen?

Thanks and sorry if I'm boring, but there's no better way that asking locals!

Ioli

Posted December 27th, 2012 - 4:12 pm from Cambridge, United States
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Posted December 27th, 2012 - 7:19 pm by from Levico Terme, Italy (Permalink)
I just realized I wrote "February/May", but I wanted to say "March".

It would be cool to meet you if we are around the same time..

As it regards the age: you are probably also younger than many people here :)

Posted December 27th, 2012 - 8:17 pm from Cambridge, United States
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Posted January 5th, 2013 - 2:30 am from Svendborg, Denmark
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Posted January 4th, 2013 - 12:05 am by from Gent, Belgium (Permalink)
It's not impossible to see northern lights in March, but I wouldn't really count on it... As long as there is darkness there is a chance though. And I can't stress enough that going to Snæfellsnes is a must do, try to stay over in Stykkisholmur!

Posted January 4th, 2013 - 7:08 am by from Hafnarfjordhur, Iceland (Permalink)
I've seen them plenty of times inside Reykjavik. It helps to go to areas with fewer streetlights, such as parks like Klambratún or the area around Perlan. It's even better of course outside Reykjavik where the light pollution is less.

Posted January 4th, 2013 - 7:14 am by from Hafnarfjordhur, Iceland (Permalink)
Another good place is here:
http://ja.is/kort/#x=353061&y=410145&z=8
Within walking distance from the center (although it may take 20-30 minutes). This place is particularly good, as the street lights are south of you but the northern lights are north of you.

Posted January 4th, 2013 - 7:27 am by from Levico Terme, Italy (Permalink)
Thanks for your nice replies guys.
I wouldn't mind moving from the city to go somewhere outside to see the Northern lights, as it's surely worth it. I am just wondering how common they are.. I mean, how many times a week do Icelandic people see the Northern Lights?

Geert, would you say February is better than March to spot them?

Thanks a lot again :)

Posted January 4th, 2013 - 10:55 am by from Gent, Belgium (Permalink)
The longer it's dark, the more chances of course. So I'd say you'll get more chances in February indeed. My boss in Borgarnes always said the best days are clear, cold nights. :)

Then again, I've been here now again a week or sth and haven't spotted them either. But I'm in the dead centre of Reykjavik now, maybe on Sunday when we're going to a small farm on the countryside where there's no light pollution whatsoever :)

Posted January 4th, 2013 - 2:59 pm from Akureyri, Iceland
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Posted January 5th, 2013 - 3:58 am by from Hafnarfjordhur, Iceland (Permalink)
I saw them many times earlier this winter, and some of those times they were very strong. But then I haven't seen them since November or something. I keep a good eye on this site:
http://www.guidetonorthernlights.com/2008/11/15/northern-lighs-forecast-pages-norway-alaska-canada-iceland-yukon/